We want to offer our VPN service for everyone but unfortunately in some areas there are restrictions on the use of such a service. For your protection, we’ve restricted connectivity in these countries:
1. China: Use of a VPN is illegal in China. VPN providers can still operate if they obtain a license from the government, but the terms and conditions which they have to agree to simply defeat the whole purpose.
2. Iraq: In order to track and stop ISIS, Iraq banned the use of VPNs completely. While the intention may be good, it comes at the cost of discomfort for the citizens. VPNs have been banned in Iraq in order to stop terrorism and therefore all VPN usage is punishable by law.
3. UAE: Using a VPN in UAE can cost you dearly as the fines are very heavy (up to £412,240). The main motivation behind the ban is VOIP services which undercut the profit of telecommunication companies. So, to support those industries, the government has taken this kind of step. In order to support certain types of businesses the UAE has banned VPN usage within its territory.
4. Turkey: In order to curb the use of social media, the Turkish government blocked various websites including those who provide VPN services. Turkey has banned VPN providers due to political reasons and using a VPN is now illegal.
5. Belarus: In 2015, Belarus decided to block the usage of Tor and VPN services. In Belarus using a VPN is illegal.
6. Oman: The country actively bans and censors the media, including the internet, and prohibits the use of a VPN, too. In order to ban certain type of content using a VPN in Oman is prohibited.
7. Iran: The law regarding use of VPN states that you can use one but only if it comes from providers which are licensed with the government, which indirectly defies the purpose of the VPN itself.
8. Russia: The Russian government passed a law banning VPNs. Using a VPN in Russia is illegal by law.